22 Jul 2017 – 28 Jul 2017

Event times

Private View 22nd of July
6:30pm to 9:30pm

23rd to 28th of July
12pm to 6pm

Cost of entry


St Marys House

Norfolk, United Kingdom


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Mind.Language.Matter presents an enquiry into language as a visual state with artists James Kessell, Jim Brown, Madalina Zaharaia, The Drawing Shed, Liz Collini, Rowan Lear, Stephen Dutton and dance performer Ellie Sears.


The idea of how language can be materialised, will stem from the exchange and transition of language as thought, through the artistic practice and response. This will have a particular focus on how language can be manipulated and abstracted as both a passive and visual embodiment.

Mind: The faculty of consciousness and thought in which a person can obtain knowledge and experience the world.

Language: A method of communication.
Matter: A physical substance or materiality within space.

Mind.Language.Matter looks to push the boundaries and explore how these aspects are intwined. The variety of artists involved working with text, sculpture to performance, is a means to explain the multiple different components that language can both configure and articulate within both the art world and the everyday environment.

The St Marys Office space becomes a place of weaving between and of being in limbo in which is particularly influenced by the structure of the office space and its correlation to labour. The audience are invited to be led round the exhibition in one direction to experience each element. The works and the space are active and become a representation of how we, our minds and our thoughts are too always being exercised. Language here is abstracted and simplified for the audience to interpret and reconsider similarities and obscurities. Underlining dialogue is to be expressed and analysed where language becomes both visually evident and non existent.

James Kessell

Kessell is a multidsiciplinary artist and designer. Employing diverse strategies, media and technology he makes intuitive explorations and expressions of what it is to be human. He aims to create work with ‘real-life’ resonance, work that looks back at us - reflecting and connecting us with our inner thoughts, needs, aspirations, anxieties, curiosities and doubts - and which draws out, interprets and perhaps takes us beyond our human experience.

Jim Brown

Brown grew up in Harlow New Town, the blocky uniformity and newness of the housing estates and shopping centres gave the impression of a giant kit model, these memories, along with the continual changes since of demolition and rebuilding are an influence in his work. As with a lot of '70s kids, he spent many hours constructing airfix, meccano and lego kits, his work can be seen as a continuation of this explorative, light hearted play. Within this framework, additional themes include human dialogue, indecision, interaction, confrontation, chaos .. and humour.

Liz Collini

Collini works and lives in London. She works with language in the form of texts, pursuing the (unattainable) ideal of a ‘perfect’ text. The supports, or grounds, for the drawings, prints and installations are always approached as forms of a page. Collini graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007 with an MA in printmaking, since then has worked widely within the UK and abroad. Highlights include installations for the International Text Festivals at Bury, Greater Manchester, and a site-specific screenprinted commission for the V&A Prints and Drawings Study Room.

Madalina Zaharia

Zaharia’s work is concerned with the telling and re-telling of ideas, with the continuous and unfaltering reiteration of accounts and associations. It focuses on the relationship between language and design and explores the unavoidable inadequacy between remembering and representation. The very fine line between art, design and storytelling is constantly challenged and confronted by the language and visual vocabulary employed within her creative actions, transforming the exhibition space into a stage for conceptual discourse and abstract entertainment, an arena animated by gestures, objects and meaningful shapes.

Rowan Lear

Lear is an artist, writer and organiser. She has been co-director of the artist-led Bristol Biennial since 2014, creating two festivals of art and conversation across the city. Her materials are old and new media, found images and objects, and language itself, creating texts, installations and performative gestures. Across interweaving practices of thinking, doing, writing and making, she is relentlessly curious about systems, structures and patterns of behavior. Rowan has presented and performed at festivals, galleries and universities in the UK and Europe, and has published critical reviews, catalogue essays and artist publications.

Stephen Dutton

Dutton is a Professor of Fine Art and Head of Art at Bath Spa University in the U.K where he is Director of the Art Research Centre. He is currently developing a new body of work under the working title of “industry” including drawings, sound works, animations, objects and texts. As an artist Steve is increasingly writing and delivering papers on the subject of ‘Artists’ institutes and the Institutes of Art’, drawing on complexities within his own practice and the practice of a growing body of artists (as opposed to academics and managers).

The Drawing Shed

Is a non-profit arts organisation led by artists Sally Labern and Bobby Lloyd. They collaborate both inside and outside the drawing shed where they hold project space LockUpNumber11 on the Drive and Attlee Terrace estates in east London E17; here they co produce / curate projects and residencies with local people often using their iconic mobile arts structures. Both artists work independently in parallel to the drawing shed both locally and internationally.


Jade - Marie Clarie Anderson

Exhibiting artists

Madalina Zaharia

The Drawing Shed

Stephen Dutton

Jim Brown

James Kessell

Liz Collini

Rowan Lear


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